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Defiant governors face prosecution

17 February 2014, 09:28

Nairobi - Governors who will ignore this week’s summons to appear before the Senate risk being subpoenaed and ultimately serve jail terms as per the Constitution.

Senate majority leader, Kithure Kindiki has cautioned the governors who are planning to snub summons that according to Cap 6 of the constitution, the senate had recourse that could take them to jail.

“The governors have to honor the summons issued by the senate. We have no apologies when we say that governors have to be accountable,” said Kindiki.

Kindiki said that after the impeachment of the Embu Governor, Martin Wambora, the Senate had learned that there were many other acts of abuse of office by many other governors across the country.

He cited the misuse of funds by governors as an issue that had come up in many counties across the country and it is the Senate’s duty to find out the truth and act accordingly.

Wambora, the former governor for Embu County was impeached on Friday when the Senate confirmed the charges against him.

“We have a serious mandate to make sure that devolution works by protecting county governments and providing oversight of the counties,” said Kindiki.

Kindiki said that it was ironic for governors to be quiet when the senators were clamoring for more funding for counties from the national government while “making a lot of noise” when Senate exercised its mandate of oversight over the counties.

Among the governors who were expected to appear before the senate this week include Isaac Ruto and William Kabogo.

– CAJ News

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